Question: I know everyone is different but on average, how long does it take for the body to normalize? I'm 3 months post contest and miserable. I was very aware of the rebound and went directly into reverse dieting post contest. Unfortunately, my decades of dieting and 2 contest preps was all too much for my aging body (49). I went from 103# at contest to 123# very quickly - 13# of those pounds in 1 week. It's not the scale weight - I don't care about that. It's the body composition change. I am totally flabby - stomach rolls, etc. and my breasts grew overnight - from flat to @size C (and, no, I'm not happy about that - they have always been small) I've also had the digestive issues, water retention, severe urge to binge, anxiety and extreme fatigue. Obviously hormonal issues are going on but the nurse practitioner doesn't seem to be concerned since my thyroid levels are "normal". I'm post menopausal several years so that is not the issue. Anyone I try to talk to about this just seems to think "well, you're getting older...these things happen" They don't know me. I'm not just an older woman who let herself go and is unhappy with her body. SO frustrating and depressing. I'll never do this to my body again.